January 15th, 2015
I posted this picture of my craft room on my instagram feed a few weeks ago. I had just cleaned up my craft room in preparation for some upcoming projects. It’s still kind of a wreck in there though because I really needed to get to the organization of the space. And basically after a few hours of working on projects, the room looks more or less like this:
Stuff piling out of the closet, drawers overflowing, floors completely covered.
Really it’s just in need of some good old fashioned purging and organizing.
Michaels asked all of the Michaels Makers to organize our craft spaces using organization products from their store. I had a business trip this month, so instead of taking the time to run to my local store, I ordered all my supplies on Michaels.com. I ordered several large handled boxes, a few scrapbook cases (my favorite, I already have a ton), two rolling scrapbook chests, and two metal storage racks that hangs over the door.
Because I design scrapbooking supplies, I become quickly overrun by papers and stickers. I use the Scrapbook cases to divide up scrapbooking lines that I’ve designed, or my card stock stash. I have lots of piles like this of newer scrapbooking lines, that I just hadn’t gotten around to organizing.
I was able to just scoop them up, organizing by name, and start filling up all the cases in my scrapbook chests.
The chests are so nice because you can wheel them around for easy access, and the boxes don’t tip like they might do if you stack them too high. I filled up all these chests with papers I had lying around, and have enough stuff to fill about 4 more.
I was super thrilled to find that the chests fit two across in my closet, and well below the lowest shelf. You can also see additional scrapbook cases all filled up, and above those the size of the large modular bins.
When I saw the over the door organizers, I was beyond thrilled. I have two big doors leading to my closet, and knew they would be perfect for this item. It’ comes in a really small box, and is easy to assemble. I ended up swapping some of the accessories from one door to the next to customize my configuration just how I wanted it.
I love all the components that come with the system including these chains and hooks for any flat embellishments. I used mine for ribbon so this became my ribbon door.
The other side is housing all my Cricut supplies. I LOVE the hooks that come with the system, the were the perfect depth to slide 3 vinyl rolls on.
And I tidied up all the shelves and swept for days, but finally the room is looking really nice!
My favorite thing is still the door organizers. Such a great use of wasted space, and so well designed too.
And to break in the new space, I created this paper wreath with Recollections card stock and my Cricut Explore. I created about 2/3rd of the die line files, the rest were from the Cricut Design Space.
It made a mess, but everything was much easier to clean up when stuff is organized.
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December 1st, 2014
For the Michaels Makers Challenge this month, I was asked to make a creative gift and custom gift-wrap.
For my gift, I decided to create some sewn journals. These are an easy and inexpensive gift, and they also make great stocking stuffers.
I ended up making 5 journals for this gift, but a set of 3 is pretty standard, or just one with a ribbon and a pen is still a great gift.
Paper Pad (the one I used is only $5 today! And you can make up to 48 Journals with it!)
Basic Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut your cover to size. I used full-sized letter paper (8.5×11) and placed it on a 12×12 sheet of paper that I had cut down to 8.5″ leaving the width 12″. I used 12 sheets of paper – this will create 24 papers, and 48 pages (back and front).
Step 2: Fold and sew. The way that I do this is to fold the cover sheet ONLY, crease the fold and then unfold. This gives you a guide for sewing. Then place the papers centered on the fold, and sew up the middle.
The end result will look like this.
Step 3: Use a bone folder to crease the spine. I can’t think of a single tool that does this job as well as a bone folder. I’ve had this one since my bookbinding days at college. Definitely a great investment!
Step 4: Trim. Once your spine is folded. You’ll need to use a NEW xacto blade to trim ALL of the edges. Place your straight edge firmly where you want to cut, and then use the xacto knife with medium force to slice through all your pages. You may need to cut more than once, thats okay. Better to cut a few times with medium force, than to hit it with full force and ruin the edge.
Trim the top, bottom, and side for a perfectly-edged journal.
Step 5: Repeat for as many journals as you want to make!
For the wrapping part of this project, I wanted to create a box that perfectly fit the journals. I did this by hand, but you could use a Cricut Explore (that cuts and scores in the same pass!).
Ad tech Permanent Glue Runner
Ad tech Hi Temp Glue Gun
Step 1: Measure your journals to get the finished size of the box. Mine was 8″ x 5″. Then add on the height of the stack of journals. Mine was about 1″. You’ll have to add the height measurement to each side of your original rectangle. Then if you desire, you can add another .5″ to fold back over so that you don’t have raw edges on the final box.
Step 2: Use a bone folder to score all of these folds. Then use scissors (or xacto knife) to trim around edges, and cut out flaps like this:
Step 3: Fold box along all score marks, glue tabs with a glue runner, and then glue the flaps and fold into place.
Step 4: Cut a cigar band to hold the journals together, and tie a ribbon around them. Then place inside the box.
Step 5: Measure the size of the top of the box using the bottom of the box as a guide. Add about 1/8″ total for the top to fit on the bottom. Cut glitter card stock and score.
Step 6: Cut flaps, fold all scores, and use a hot glue gun to glue flaps in place.
Step 7: Put top box onto bottom box, and tie with ribbon, and embellish with ribbons, wood veneer tags, and a stem.
Check out the other Michaels Makers this month:
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